Resources during the COVID-19 pandemic

Updated 5-26-20 

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Of special note:

  • As municipal officials begin to allow small groups of people to gather in public even while the fight against COVID-19 continues, there is a tremendous need for guidance how small events and venues can reopen as safely as possible under these incredibly challenging circumstances.  In response, the Event Safety Alliance has released The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide.  
  • CARES Act (national emergency stimulus bill), includes emergency funding for creative sector through National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, expanded unemployment insurance, SBA loans.  New funding will be available as allocated by Congress, probably by the week of April 27.
  • Artist Relief Fund: announced 4-8-20.  A $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers that will provide $5,000 no-strings-attached grants. It is intended for anyone who earns income from their creative or artistic practice and who has also been affected by COVID-19, including anyone whose livelihood and/or community depends upon the ability to make, exhibit, perform, publish, or sell artwork.
  • USDA Rural Development COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide 

Wisconsin – funds and resources for independent creative workers and organizations:

National – resources and funds for independent creative workers and arts organizations:

Other resources:

  • How to host virtual conferences, Association for Computing Machinery
  • The U.S. Census Bureau released a new resource page on to help federal agencies, businesses and communities make decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Similar to the Census Bureau’s resource pages created during natural disasters, this resource page includes information on population demographics, economic indicators and businesses. It features a new interactive data hub that centralizes data previously released from the American Community Survey and the County Business Patterns program to facilitate users’ access to data useful in pandemic-related decision-making. The data hub, released as a beta version, will be updated periodically as the situation changes and as feedback is received from users.
  • US Chamber of Commerce